Top Gear’s Range Rover Evoque vs Scotland
Sick of being told he drives a girl’s car, Top Gear magazine’s Tom Ford took his Range Rover Evoque to a place with no roads...
Posted: 04 Dec 2012
It starts off quite sedately. The Evoque rides much better on the smaller wheels and taller tyres, and although they howl a bit at speed and look like castors after the 20s, there's not much to tell about driving up the road. Then we run off the main carriageway and shimmy up a series of progressively smaller tracks, the houses petering out, until we come to a locked gate. We're about to enter the estate proper - a place not open to the public, and certainly not used by motor vehicles other than the quads of the local factors (estate managers)- and we've got special permission to go to certain places. If we can make it. Gate dealt with, we thread through a stand of pines, red-gold needles carpeting the floor, and the sun blips through the gaps in the trees like the world's most benign disco light. It's all very civilised. I can even see where the ‘road' goes - following an overgrown but fully serviceable trail up and out onto the moor.